Clinical Pharmacy Technician (Developmental): Visa sponsorship

University Hospitals Birmingham

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Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to progress your pharmacy career. We are looking to recruit enthusiastic and well-motivated individuals to join our friendly team of pharmacy technicians who provide a range of pharmaceutical services in this busy acute hospital Trust.

In this progressive role, you will be fully supported to gain the skills and experience required to practice at an advanced level in the hospital setting. As the successful candidate, you will first commence in the role at band 4, and then upon completion of an individualised development plan you will progress to your role as Clinical Pharmacy Technician, Band 5.

You need to be a qualified Pharmacy Technician registered with the GPhC to apply, however applications from candidates due to qualify & register this year will be considered. Experience of hospital pharmacy is not essential as you will be well-supported in training and developing into this role.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for all essential and desirable criteria required for the role. For further information about the role please contact Nickola Harris – – 0121 424 9336

Main duties, tasks & skills required

Main Duties and Responsibilities

With a patient-focused approach, you will;

  • Support the pharmacy department in the provision of complete pharmaceutical care to patients;
  • Deliver a high quality ward based medicines optimisation service to a multitude of areas throughout the Trust;
  • Act as a role model and provide training and mentoring to junior staff members;
  • Support the inpatient pharmacy where required;
  • Carry out accuracy checking commitments

Key Person Specification Requirements

  • A nationally recognised pharmacy technician qualification and be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council;
  • Currently practicing as a registered pharmacy technician with at least one year’s post-qualification experience within a hospital setting
  • A nationally recognised accredited accuracy checking qualification.
  • A professional attitude with the ability to motivate self and others
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure
  • A flexible approach and commitment to accommodate the needs of the service
  • A strong attention to detail
  • Experience working as a clinical pharmacy technician or similar capacity is desirable

This post offers in-service development training and the opportunity to gain valuable skills in a clinical role. A requirement to participate in evenings, weekends, and bank holidays on a rotational basis will be necessary.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can;
Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity; removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their ‘whole self’ to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person specification



  • GCSEs – Mathematics and English (Grade B/5) and four other subjects including Science (Grade C/4)


  • GCSEs: Mathematics, English and Science (Grade C/4 or equivalent) and two other GCSEs (Grade C/4) and successful achievement of the pharmacy service skills Level 2 NVQ qualification (or equivalent)


  • Three A levels, one of which is a relevant science subject and Mathematics B/5 (GCSE or equivalent)


  • Degree in science or humanities and Mathematics B/5 (GCSE or equivalent)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians


  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science and Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills

or equivalent as defined by the General Pharmaceutical Council

  • Dispensing Accuracy Accreditation, West Midland’s scheme or equivalent
  • Evidence of Continued Professional Development
  • Professional Registration with the GPhC
  • Accredited Checking Technician (National Framework)


  • Accredited Checking Technician (National Framework)



  • Two years’ work experience in Pharmacy pre-qualification
  • Currently practicing as a band 4 pharmacy technician / equivalent or above with post-qualification experience within an acute setting
  • The ability to demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge and the relevant practical experience for the post
  • Significant experience within a pharmacy setting
  • Experience of the specialist function for area of responsibility
  • Experience of organising other grades of staff and their workload
  • Experienced in working to policies and procedures
  • Significant experience within a hospital pharmacy setting
  • Understanding of Good Distribution Practice (GDP)
  • Health and Safety at Work and COSHH
  • Understanding of dispensing, stock control, supply and I.T systems and processes
  • Knowledge of Code of Practice / Customer Care
  • Knowledge of medicines, side effects and where to find further information
  • Knowledge of practices, policies and procedures associated with the job
  • Understands the need for delivering a cost effective service and the required work practices to reduce waste


  • Experience working as a Clinical Pharmacy Technician or similar capacity
  • Deputising for senior personnel, co-ordinating daily work flow including situational staff management
  • Experience in setting up new working practices or procedures
  • Participation in the training and mentoring of staff
  • Understanding of ward environment

Additional Criteria


  • Ability to work in a team
  • Enthusiastic, reliable and trustworthy and displays a mature attitude
  • Good time management
  • Careful and accurate in work
  • Able to demonstrate discretion and diplomacy
  • Fair and objective
  • Flexible to the demands of the post, the needs of the pharmacy service and other staff
  • Good team player and able to motive others
  • Self-motivated and sound use of own initiative
  • Keen to improve and develop the pharmacy service and committed to the concept of technician-led services
  • Keen to develop own person skill and use these for the benefit of others
  • Able to demonstrate timely referral to senior staff appropriately
  • Ability to travel to other Trust sites
  • Flexible to work in accordance with service needs
  • Committed to abide by the Trust Vision and Values


  • Awareness of future developments within Pharmacy

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

UK Professional Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website.

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